Entertainment Who will replace Matt Lauer? Here are 7 options

20:35  29 november  2017
20:35  29 november  2017 Source:   Entertainment Weekly

NBC fires Matt Lauer after complaint about 'inappropriate sexual behavior'

  NBC fires Matt Lauer after complaint about 'inappropriate sexual behavior' The network announced it on the "Today" show on Wednesday.Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show, where Lauer has been an anchor for two decades.

Here are 7 options . Peter Kramer/Getty Images (3). November 29, 2017 AT 10:44 AM EST. With the news that Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC’s TODAY show over a sexual harassment allegation, the question now shifts to who will replace the longtime anchor.

WOOED: NBC News stars Matt Lauer (Today), 46, and Tim Russert (Meet the Press), 54, are reputedly among those on CBS’s wish list of “outsiders” to replace Evening News anchor Dan Rather, 73, who announced that he will leave the top spot next March.

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Read the NBC News' memo on firing Matt Lauer

  Read the NBC News' memo on firing Matt Lauer NBC News chairman Andy Lack sent an email to the organization that longtime Today host Matt Lauer had been terminated over a complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace. NBC News chairman Andy Lack sent an email to the organization that longtime Today host Matt Lauer had been terminated over a complaint of "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace.

But culturally, who is going to replace Matt Lauer no longer amounts to a hill of beans except to the people involved, and the slightly less than 2 percent of Americans who watch the show.

Who knows what's REALLY going on, but I think a couple things are clear: -- Anderson Cooper would be awesome on Today. -- Anderson Cooper's hair is WAY better than Matt Lauer 's. What do you think about the possibility of Anderson Cooper replacing Matt Lauer ?

With the news that Matt Lauer has been fired from NBC’s TODAY show over a sexual harassment allegation, the question now shifts to who will replace the longtime anchor. An official decision could come fairly quickly — news shows tend to move fast to fill open slots and prefer on-air consistency. But with who? Who could best fill Lauer’s anchor loafers?

Megyn Kelly, Craig Melvin, Ann Curry posing for the camera© Peter Kramer/Getty Images (3) Viewers and insiders have some suggestions:

Willie Geist: The co-anchor of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and anchor of Sunday TODAY has been a frequent fill-in anchor for Lauer, making him familiar with the show’s format, its roster of hosts, and loyal viewers.

Ann Curry: Fans were upset over Curry’s tearful departure in 2012 amid a strained relationship with Lauer and have taken to Twitter to lobby for her return. Given that Curry also reportedly had some conflicts with the show’s executive leadership, however, the network seems likely to prefer to find somebody new.

Geraldo Rivera defends Matt Lauer: ‘News is a flirty business’

  Geraldo Rivera defends Matt Lauer: ‘News is a flirty business’ Geraldo Rivera defended ousted "Today" anchor Matt Lauer with a series of tweets that deemed journalism a "flirty business."Geraldo Rivera defended ousted "Today" anchor Matt Lauer with a series of tweets that deemed journalism a "flirty business.

I think all things being equal the guy who is anchored the most you know watch morning show for quite some time and you know that for such a valuable property in DC would love to keep Matt Lauer and maybe then they need him to get off with Henri Standaard ala

Here are some of the names being thrown around as rumored replacements “The viewers loved her and Matt Lauer together. Meredith Vieira Filling in for Guthrie would also be old-hat for Vieira, who hosted Today with Lauer from 2006 to 2011.

Megyn Kelly: It’s rather unlikely that NBC would double down on their new hire, who has struggled to maintain ratings in her later morning slot. But as a big name on the payroll, the possibility of Kelly getting a battlefield promotion can’t be dismissed either.

Craig Melvin: Promoting the TODAY weekend co-host would be a safe-if-unexciting choice … but NBC often likes safe-if-unexciting choices, and already took a big and pricey gamble recently by hiring Megyn Kelly.

Tamron Hall: Hall left NBC when the network hired Kelly amid a reported dispute with NBC executives over the decision to bring on the Fox News anchor. She feels like a longshot to return given the manner of her exit, but you never know…

Anderson Cooper: NBC was rumored to have looked into wooing the CNN anchor to replace Lauer a few years ago. But Cooper signed a “long-term” contract with the cable network in 2016 and is unlikely to be available anytime soon.

Carson Daly: The Voice host is on NBC’s TODAY team already and has plenty of experience as an interviewer and host, but this seems pretty doubtful (NBC would want somebody with more news experience for the top spot).

Other names being suggested: CNN’s John Berman, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and New York 1’s Pat Kiernan.

Hoda Kotb to Serve as 'Today' Show Co-Anchor for the 'Foreseeable Future' .
A second source also tells ET about the 'Today' show's low key holiday party.A source at NBC tells ET that Kotb "will be in the co-anchor chair for the foreseeable future," after Lauer was fired from the Today show last week for inappropriate sexual behavior.

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